On Saturday May 18th, MFS hosted a Free Health Fair at Masjid Al-Falah Gym for local Muslimeen to attend. We partnered with a private, local organization of Physicians and Health Care professionals (HCP) with hopes of providing free health screenings for the uninsured and underserved Muslim community in Detroit and surrounding areas. The event was held from 8:30-12:30pm.
Participants could be tested for Blood Sugar, Pressure, Cholesterol, Height and Weight, Lymphnodes, and Cardiology and Chest Exams. Testing was done on a one-on-one basis with a HCP. Sisters privacy was accomodated for in a seperate area upstairs. The HCP were also available for advice during their session with an indvidual. Breakfast was provided post-testing since participants were advised to come fasting for accurate test results.
Getting blood sugar tested
Getting blood pressure checked
Cardiologist at work
Health lectures were given onsite for participants to benefit from. Br. Muhtahir Jamali RPT, a local Physical Therapist presented information about staying physically active and avoiding injury. Eating healthy foods, exercising and staying mobile are tips on maintaing physical health and well being. Not over-eating or over-working oneself can also help to keep a healthy pace at life inshAllah.
Getting seated for the lectures and lunch
Dr. Ghazala Azam, a local Obgyn focused on the sisters with a lecture on women's health. She gave tips on maintaing good health. One of the issues she stressed was that all women aged 21 and up get a pap smear done annually. This should be done for at least 3 consecutive years.
MFS provided lunch for the whole community to enjoy while taking health test and listening to these wonderful lectures. Local Muslim families expressed their gratitude for the test whether the results were a relief or a revelation. Because the Detroit and Hamtramack communities are densely populated by Muslim immgrants, many families struggle to put food on the table and health is a neglected issue.
Sisters testing area
One family told a representative that they were thankful to have attended the Health Fair because they found out that High Blood Pressure runs in their family; something that may have gone undetected otherwise. Another woman was actually diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) after passingly mentioning that she had been coughing up blood recently. She was referred to the Hospital.
Prescriptions were given to elligible attendees and referrals to other health services were made. Our volunteers worked very hard to manage the demand for health screenings and assistance. MFS would like to thank ALL volunteers who helped make this event a small success. InshAllah, we hope to have more Free Health Fairs in the near future!
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